Which is Worse?
2008-06-05 10:49PM PDT/Home
Some things are just too irresistible. You can't help linking to them, like this one. If you've ever wondered which is worse, eating an all beef diet and riding a bike, or eating more reasonably and driving a car, look no further! I can't say I've ever wondered that, but if I did, apparently grist.org has an answer:
... on a 100 percent ground beef diet (bleagh), a person driving a car emits 730 kilograms of carbon equivalent per 1,000 miles, while a cyclist will emit 410 kg over the same distance. More reasonably, if the person is fueled by the typical American diet, those emissions shift to 670 and 87, respectively. Certainly these are ballpark calculations, but they support the inclination of logic as regards these matters.
There you go, pig out, but ride the bike. I wonder what their "typical" American diet was to drop the, um, carbon equivalents from 410 kg to 87 kg over 1000 miles. And here I thought the typical American diet was mostly ground beef!